Locker Room Report: Mark Gottfried

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- NC State head coach Mark Gottfried met with the media after the win over North Carolina.

Mark Gottfried

"All of us in coaching take pride in the fact that our players hopefully get better. We're all watching him improve and watching him take his game to another level... learning how to be a dynamic point guard. We have to keep challenging him an pushing him, but I'm proud of him. He has a great future ahead of him."

"We have a term called KYP... know your personnel. You have to know who they are. Even in the first game, there were times we'd close out to a guy that's not a great shooter, we're flying at him and then he's driving by us."

"Our message in this game was to stay with the plan in guarding certain guys certain ways. We did that tonight as well as we've done anytime this year."

"I thought Cat was terrific and our guys had an awareness of where he was a lot better than the first time around. He got loose late... I thought Cat was terrific defensively."

"We tried everything. There wasn't a whole lot left to try because they were coming hard. They were getting out in the break and the place was going nuts. We were able to sustain their run. That was important for us."

"We have to win. We're not anywhere near being a lock or anything for the tournament."

"We have two more road games before we come back home for Syracuse. Every game is going to be a challenge."

"We have to be able to handle this well. That's the sign of a mature team... for us that's the challenge."

"I told him I loved him and I'm proud of him. He's getting better. It's fun to watch a guy like that take steps and keep getting better."

"The Wolfpack Nation is excited tonight and they should be. I hope they are proud of these guys. We're going to get home tonight... we'll all raise our glass tonight. I'll raise mine, I can promise you that. It's going to be fun tonight."

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